Artist in Residence


The purpose of the Ali Youssefi Project Artist in Residency is to give meaningful support to artists and creatives. This project aims to nurture artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and uplift the work of artists, with a particular focus on underrepresented perspectives and voices. We welcome all visual artists working with a wide range of mediums. This residency is open to national applicants and  will take place in Sacramento, California, for a period of 3 months.


The WAL Residency

The Warehouse Artist Lofts was developed by Ali Youssefi to provide working artists an affordable place to live and create art in the heart of Sacramento. WAL is a mixed-use, transit-oriented community for Sacramento-area artists. Located in the Historic R Street district, WAL is proximate to many art-related businesses and galleries, including the WAL Residency artist studio at Verge Center for the Arts.


The 3-month WAL Residency

Open to artists living outside of the greater Sacramento area

  • furnished studio apartment at Warehouse Artist Lofts

  • artist work studio at Verge Center for the Arts

  • participation in WAL events and Verge programing

  • $500 monthly stipend

  • travel stipend of $500 available

  • end of the year group show at Verge gallery

For more information about WAL click here to visit their website

For more information about Verge click here to visit their website

The VERGE Residency

Verge Center for the Arts is the leading cultural institution in the Sacramento region for contemporary art and ideas. Their mission is to extend the dialogue about contemporary art to the central valley. Verge supports this mission by providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists as well as offering arts education opportunities for youth and adults.


The 3-month Verge Residency

Open to artists living locally (within a 35-mile radius of Sacramento)

  • artist work studio at Verge Center for the Arts

  • $500 monthly stipend

  • participation in Verge programing

  • end of the year group show at Verge gallery

Shared Resources

  • Free admission to all Verge member programs

  • Access to a full service printmaking facility, kiln, and Risograph printer

  • WiFi 

  • A 300 square foot studio at Verge with 24hr access

  • Community of up to 50 artists on site at WAL

  • Community of up to 55 artists working on site at Verge

  • North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Benefits

  • Free attendance to Verge special events which coincide with the residency term

Coronavirus disclaimer: WAL and Verge are taking precautions to keep their communities safe during the pandemic. An artist can shelter-in-place in both their studio apartment and Verge work studio. The group show is scheduled to take place in December as planned. Verge continues monitor and comply with public health guidelines. In the event the show cannot open the show in December it will be postponed but not cancelled.